If you are a mother, you understand this statement: a mother’s love begins for that new life, many times before it’s even conceived.
A newborn baby does nothing to earn love, yet the love that pours forth from a mother to her child at birth is intense and unconditional.
This is an example of the love Jesus gives to us.
My mom brought me into this world, but Jesus actually brought me out of it, out of the world’s junk, out of its craziness and into a life of hope and peace that changed everything about me when I actually began to believe and receive his love!
I did nothing to deserve God’s love. In fact, the Bible tells us, “But God demonstrates his own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
While we were sinners, Jesus died for us! That is huge!
It’s one thing to say you would give your life for someone you love, someone who loves you back. I have to be honest with you, there are not too many people that I would die for—my boys, Bobby, maybe a couple of my good friends, but maybe not.
But Jesus died for me while I had nothing to do with him—no acknowledgement whatsoever while I went about living my own life, the way I wanted to live it. And Jesus knew I would do that. He knew I would deny him, yet he still died for me! And he still died for you!
I must have some knowledge of Jesus, or I wouldn’t be writing this book about him. If I was standing in front of you, you might think I’ve been a follower of Jesus all my life—I actually clean up fairly well. But I haven’t. In fact, the little girl who ran from Jesus kept right on running. For forty years I ran. But then one day, I stopped running, and Jesus was right there, waiting for me. I gave my life to him, and everything changed. And I lived happily ever after. End of story. But not quite.
There is much in between that I want to share with you. Because just maybe, you were like that little girl who was running, and Jesus is waiting for you too!
Excerpt from If God is So Good, Why Is My Life Such A Mess? by Joyce Schneider